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The New York Trilogy

(New York Trilogy #1-3)

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Three stories on the nature of identity. In the first a detective writer is drawn into a curious and baffling investigation, in the second a man is set up in an apartment to spy on someone, and the third concerns the disappearance of a man whose childhood friend is left as his literary executor.
Paperback, Faber Firsts, 314 pages
Published 2009 by Faber and Faber (first published 1987)
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Huck Flynn Don't see any major similarities in style or content. Roth is a good writer and worth trying out - Portnoy's Complaint is good if you aren't a squeami…moreDon't see any major similarities in style or content. Roth is a good writer and worth trying out - Portnoy's Complaint is good if you aren't a squeamish prude - actually very funny, also enjoyed The Human Stain
Daniel - if you like NY Trilogy i can recommend About the Author by John Colapinto and The Horned Man by James Lasdun, or even more challenging tricks on the reader - Nabokov's Pale Fire or Charles Palliser's Unburied(less)
Ashley The book (The New York Trilogy) consists of three, loosely connected novellas (City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room), all of which are about 120…moreThe book (The New York Trilogy) consists of three, loosely connected novellas (City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room), all of which are about 120 pages.(less)

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Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, a brief harangue. I can't help but noticing how often the word "pretentious" has been thrown around in the reviews for this book. What a bothersome word: pretentious. It's a lot like the word "boring," in that they both seem to fool the user into thinking that they mean something objective, when in fact they're highly subjective. Nothing is inherently boring, just as nothing is inherently pretentious. On the contrary, these words say a lot more about the speaker than they do about the thi ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
219. The New York Trilogy (New York Trilogy #1-3), Paul Auster

The New York Trilogy is a series of novels by Paul Auster. Originally published sequentially as City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986), it has since been collected into a single volume.

The first story, City of Glass, features a detective-fiction writer become private investigator who descends into madness as he becomes embroiled in a case. It explores layers of identity and reality, from Paul Auster the writer
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana

Disegno dalla graphic novel ”Città di vetro” di Davide Mazzucchelli (1994).

Nulla è reale fuorché il caso è scritto nel primo romanzo della trilogia, Città di vetro, e mi pare una summa della poetica austeriana.

Il mio primo incontro con Paul Auster è stato circa trent’anni fa (1990) quando Guanda pubblicò La musica del caso (e si da il caso che il “caso” ritorna). Fu subito amore. Amore grande.
La libreria dove mi rifornivo allora non esiste più da tempo, adesso è un F
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He venido a Nueva York porque es el más desolado de los lugares, el más abyecto. La decrepitud está en todas partes, el desorden es universal. Basta con abrir los ojos para verlo. La gente rota, las cosas rotas, los pensamientos rotos. Toda la ciudad es un montón de basura.”
En una entrevista se ofreció a la consideración del autor una interpretación de “Trilogía de Nueva York”, esta fue su respuesta:
“Lo que sea que digas probablemente será interesante y tal vez no se aleje demasiado d
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is The NYT three novels-in-one, or a single tome?

Ah, well: That's four Auster "novels" in a row for me I guess... and, (not) interestingly enough, they were ALL very much alike (Oracle Night, The Glass City, Ghosts, The Locked Room). It's becoming clear that Auster has adopted very interesting themes, such as the transitory nature of fiction and reality; the writer's world manifested in a literal form; & the double... He writes in free-flow and non sequiturs.

Yeah, I will be the first one to adm
°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Σε αυτή την τριλογία θα άλλαζα τίτλο. Θα την ονόμαζα
" Έτσι ειναι η ζωή" και αφού ειναι έτσι,μπορεί να γίνει και κάπως ετσι και αλλιώς και διαφορετική και πάλι ίδια και ξανά αλλιώτικη.

Δεν είμαι σίγουρη τι να γράψω για αυτό το βιβλίο. Δεν θα ήθελα να μπω σε στερεότυπα και κοινά λόγια. Άλλωστε αυτός ειναι και ο σκοπός του βιβλίου, δεν χωράει σε πλαίσια,σε συνηθισμένες πλοκές με αρχή-μέση-τέλος. Αποτελεί απο μονο του"είδος",υπηρετεί δικούς του κανόνες ρεαλισμού,ωμότητας,φαντασίας και ισως αυτογνωσ
Ilenia Zodiaco
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alieni, americana
Ma quanto è bello pedinare (e essere pedinati) da Paul Auster?
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
I have encountered a great many reviews that start with "I don't know how to begin this review". By this claim the reviewer expresses doubt, but the expression of these doubts is the immediate solution to the reviewer's predicament, making both the doubts and the claim kind of moot. I was thinking of starting off this review the same way, given that this book leaves you wondering about everything, but thinking about that as an option makes it also dishonest, because I would know where to start w ...more
Baudelaire cited by Paul Auster in City of Glass: "Il me semble que je serais toujours bien là où je ne suis pas." In other words: It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.

It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not....

Vit Babenco
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where does it all begin and where does it all end?
But perhaps he would be able to make up for the past by plunging forward. By coming to the end, perhaps he could intuit the beginning.

To seek we must have an object we want to find. To quest we must have a goal we want to achieve. But even if we don’t have an objective we seek and quest anyway because we want to penetrate into the future.
Listen carefully, and perhaps you will learn something. In his little speech to Alice, Humpty Dumpty sketches
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a little mind messing
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
I think this was my first encounter with Paul Auster, a man who I met through the cult of the 1001 books to read before you die list. Prior to that I was vaguely aware of Auster and his peculiar brand of love/loath inciting literature which had friends alternatively raging or swooning, but had never bothered my arse to go and see what all the fuss was about.

Turns out I rather loved this - once I had progressed beyond the first forty pages. For the first forty pages I'd already rather rudely pig
فهد الفهد
ثلاثية نيويورك

قرأت هذه الثلاثية قبل سنوات، وخربشت وقتها بعض الأفكار حولها، ولكن لأنني لم أكن حينها مهتم بنشر مراجعاتي للكتب، فبقيت هذه الأفكار في حالة غير مكتملة في ملف نصي مهمل، فلذا أعتذر مقدماً عن الحالة الغريبة التي قد تبدو بها هذه المراجعة، اعتبروها مراجعة معتقة نوعاً ما.

صدر الجزء الأول من ثلاثية نيويورك (مدينة الزجاج) سنة 1985 م، ثم صدر الجزءان التاليان (الأشباح) و(الغرفة الموصدة) في السنة التالية، وصارت الروايات الثلاث منذ ذلك الحين تصدر معا ً، تقدم الثلاثية عادة على أنها رواية تحري، وي
Nora Barnacle
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Na filmovima se često dešava da vispreni zlikovac, pošto ispuca sve kvarnjačke trikove, namami heroja u nekakvu sobu sa ogledalima, kako bi ga ošamutio sopstvenom (herojevom) sposobnošću zapažanja i napokon ga sebi skinuo s vrata. Tako se protagonista nađe u sasvim neprirodnom haosu: pošto je vizualno bombardovan svojim iskrivljenim odrazima, mora da prebaci oslonac na auditivna opažanja, te osluškuje tišinu, zaustavlja disanje, pažljivo hoda kroz srču, sve vreme kalkulišući koliko mu još munici ...more
Jeremy Quinn
Jul 26, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
I can't believe I read this all the way through, but I just kept thinking that at some point, something has to happen. I was disappointed. The writing is mechanical and boring. It's like being told a story by someone barely interested what they are saying. There is no experience to it, no stake in the characters, and like I said, nothing of note really happens. When Auster makes an attempt to wrap up the disjointed and feeble plot lines after two and three-quarter books of emptiness and abrupt e ...more
Further update, June 19th 2012.

In response to several thoughtful comments that take issue with the nastiness of my initial review, I have come to the conclusion that the comments in question are essentially correct. Please see my own response in comment #32 in the discussion. And thanks to those who called me on this, apologies for my earlier vitriolic responses. In general, I try to acknowledge the validity of other opinions in my reviews and comments, something I notably failed to do in this d
بثينة العيسى
رواية مجنونة، مثل شخص يلعب معك لعبة، باستثناء أن اللعبة هي كابوس. لم أقرأ شيئًا كهذا منذ زمنٍ طويل..
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Consummate Metafiction

If you’re interested in reading just one example of metafiction, I can’t think of any better work than "The New York Trilogy" (except perhaps Thomas Pynchon’s "The Crying of Lot 49").

Paul Auster mightn’t get the same accolades as other writers of post-modern fiction, if only because he has built a loyal readership that doesn’t depend on post-modern academics and spin merchants:

"This recognition by a non-academic community may account for the lack of critical attention
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Να νοιάζεσαι για τις λέξεις, να ποντάρεις σε ο, τι γράφεται, να πιστεύεις στη δύναμη των βιβλίων. Αυτό υπερβαίνει όλα τα υπόλοιπα και, πέρα από αυτό, η ζωή του ανθρώπου γίνεται πολύ μικρή."
Δηλώνω Οστερικη μετά απο αυτές τις 3 εξαιρετικές ιστορίες. Θα επανέλθω με περισσότερα σχόλια όταν αναρρώσω από το διαολεμένο συνάχι.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué lectura tan amena, tan rápida (estoy sacando los días en que tuve que dejarlo por los estudios) y tan conflictiva. Estas tres novelas me parecieron más una forma de problematizar la identidad y la literatura antes que un homenaje a New York a través de la escritura. Si la ciudad puede considerarse como un espacio inquietante y en movimiento, entonces New York es un claro ejemplo. Y Paul Auster aprovecha esa vorágine para mostrar también cómo allí nadie es quien dice ser: las personas roban i ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised by some of the low and middling ratings this book and its three stories (City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room) have received. Some characterise the stories as boring, derivative, simplistic, pretentious, or pointless. But for me, this is exactly the kind of book I love to stumble upon: one that surprises, and that seeks new and unconventional paths to expression. To me the writing suggests Calvino, Kafka, Borges, perhaps even Beckett and Sartre, without being derivative. This is ...more
K.D. Absolutely
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books - Modern Fiction
Life is too short to re-read a book, but someday I will give time for this one. The reason is that I assumed that the book being a trilogy is composed of 3 totally unrelated stories since I read in the write up that the stories were published one at a time in a weekly magazine in the 80s. However, to my surprise, at the end of the 3rd story – The Locked Room (which by itself was the best among the 3) – it was revealed that the detective looking for Fanshawe was the main character in the first st ...more
Franco  Santos
Our lives carry us along in ways we cannot control, and almost nothing stays with us. It dies when we do, and death is something that happens to us every day.
Qué gran libro. Mi primero de Auster y sin dudas no será el último. En ocasiones un poco pesado, en muchas otras se estanca, pero es innegable que esta obra es brillante. Personajes excelsamente desarrollados, vívidas descripciones y tramas desbordantes de locura y mentes extraviadas buscando un hogar.

Con una prosa soberbia, este autor
“The story is not in the words; it's in the struggle.”
― Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy


REVIEW 1: City of Glass

An interesting PoMo novella. Auster's first novel/second book/first of his 'New York Trilogy', 'City of Glass' is simultaneously a detective novel, an exploration of the author/narrative dynamic, and a treatise on language. I liked parts, loved parts, and finished the book thinking the author had written something perhaps more interesting than important.

My favorite parts were the chap
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La trilogia di New York si compone di tre racconti: "La città di vetro", "Fantasmi" e "La stanza chiusa".

Son definite detective-stories... Mah!!! Nei racconti sì ci sono dei detective... ma con le affinità di genere per me la finiamo lì...
Il detective indaga sì, ma all'interno, nella stanza privata che è il suo cervello, alla ricerca di un senso della vita dell'uomo che non riesce a trovare.

Il detective chi è? E' lo scrittore? E' il lettore? Tale indagine ha un senso? In una ciclica rincorsa all
Το Άθχημο γατί του θενιόρ Γκουαναμίρου
Η Τριλογία της Νέας Υόρκης του Paul Auster μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ. Κυρίως βρήκα πολύ έξυπνο το τέχνασμα να χρησιμοποιεί την δομή και το εξωτερικό περίβλημα του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος για να απλώσει επάνω σε αυτόν τον έτοιμο καμβά το δικό του υπαρξιακό σύμπαν. Μου θύμισε λιγάκι Κάφκα κυρίως ως προς την αδυναμία των ηρώων του να σπάσουν τα δεσμά που τους επιβάλλονται.

Υπάρχει μια εξαιρετική ισορροπία ανάμεσα στην δράση και στο ξεδίπλωμα φιλοσοφικών στοχασμών που αναλύονται με την ίδια λογική μέθο
Paula Koneazny
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula Koneazny by: Margie Stein
Shelves: fiction
City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986): Meta as in metafiction, also metaphysics and metaphor. This is fiction about fiction, writing about the writer. Who’s writing whom? Who’s the author and who’s the imagined character? Auster's characters aren’t “real” people (even when they are autobiographical) in the sense that you might invite one over for dinner, but are real in the sense that you might imagine yourself dissolving into fiction, or have the sense that the self is ...more
Marcello S
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Diciamolo subito: alla fine di nessuno dei tre racconti sono rimasto folgorato gridando “Wow!”. E, stando alle singole parti, probabilmente le quattro stelle sono generose.
Ma credo si possa guardare al tutto come a un’idea di narrativa e un modo di raccontare diversi, dove i simboli e le allegorie ci portano a livelli di coscienza nuovi e differenti.

Ogni storia è un labirinto di disagio e solitudine, un gioco di specchi in cui chi osserva è a sua volta spiato.
عبدالله ناصر

في منتصف الثمانينات صدرت لأوستر رواية " مدينة الزجاج " و التي قام برفضها سبعة عشر ناشر حتى جازف أحدهم بطباعتها و ذلك لكونها رواية غير مألوفة و غامضة إن صح التعبير. أعقب ذلك صدور روايتين هما " الأشباح " و " الغرفة الموصدة " - غنيّ عن القول أنهما الجزئين المكملين للثلاثية - و بعد سنتين تفرغ أوستر للكتابة بعد أن حقق المجد و الشهرة عبر هذه الثلاثية و أصبحت الكتابة مهنته الأساسية إذ بدأت تنفق عليه و إن لم يكن بالثراء الذي يتصوره البعض - يعلق ضاحكاً -. عوالم أوستر على غرابتها و فرادتها من الممكن التكه
Nancy Oakes
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books where you say to yourself "it just don't get better than this," and The New York Trilogy is one of those. Trying to explain is futile -- this one you have to read for yourself. Even if you don't make it past City of Glass, you will find some of the best thought, best brain-expanding reading, and the best postmodern writing of an author who examines identity, narrative, language and who truly plays with reader expectations. But do read the entire book - it is beyond excellent. Rec ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't write anything about this novel. This isn't some predictable, pitiful attempt to make an opening. I literally can't write anything about it. I've been squeezing my mind over it since yesterday, but no.
Read it.
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more

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